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Rehearsals to begin for spring concert

March 6, 2020
Sue Sitter - Tribune Reporter ( , Pierce County Tribune

Music fills the air in the springtime at Rugby's Village Arts and this year, members will celebrate 20 years of art in the community with a Roaring Twenties-themed Spring Pops Concert.

Village Arts Orchestra Director Tilman Hovland said musicians and vocalists of all backgrounds are welcome to rehearse for the concert, which will be performed at Rugby High School April 26.

"We have five rehearsals," Hovland said. "They will be March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13 and April 20."

Hovland said rehearsals will be held in the Rugby High School music room. Choir rehearsals will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by rehearsals for the string orchestra at 7 p.m. and full orchestra at 8 p.m. on those days.

Hovland said although the concert features selections from the 1920s, "we haven't talked about whether or not we will be in costumes (from the period). Somebody else brought that up but we'll have to see what the musicians have to say about that when we have our first rehearsal."

Songs to be performed include: "I Want to be Happy," "Hallelujah," "Hit the Deck," "Carolina in the Morning," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Tea for Two" and "The Charleston."

Describing music and dances from the period, Hovland said, "The dances were pretty wild - The Charleston, The Black Bottom. They were wild dances with wild titles to them, too."

"I'm not so old that I lived those days," Hovland added with a laugh, "but I knew of them and they were still being played even into the '30s and '40s. They still used them at wedding dances and public affairs like that. They still used the dances."

Hovland said the music from the 1920s appealed to him, but he couldn't pick one favorite musical genre.

"There are so many of them," Hovland said with a laugh. "After spending as much time as I have playing and singing, they're all pretty decent tunes."

"It's enjoyable," Hovland said of his work conducting the Village Arts Orchestra. "They all work pretty hard, the people that are in there. We have some pretty talented people in there, really."

"Usually," Hovland added, "You get adults who, if they're still performing after many years, you know they enjoy doing it."

Hovland said he would "take stock" of the musicians who show up at the first rehearsal to see if there are any positions that need to be filled.

"We've had to get people who sometimes don't have instrumentation we need, and I've had to get high school kids to fill in some of the parts like trumpet, sax, clarinet and so on," Hovland said. "And some of the people that are in there are former students of mine."

Hovland encouraged people to come to the first rehearsal the evening of March 23. "We'll take everybody. We just need people to fill spots. If we need to, we'll find someone to fill in (missing sections) so we can continue on," he said.

Hovland said he looked forward to the concert and hoped for good attendance, adding, "Come hear us!"



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